Silversea celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, having pioneered many of the concepts of all-inclusive luxury cruising when it launched in 1994 with just one ship, Silver Cloud. Today, the fleet has expanded to five larger vessels, each one epitomising the very finest of seagoing hospitality, combining contemporary luxuries with a pleasing touch of art deco in the design. More recently, three expedition ships have been added to the fleet, maintaining the same standards of cuisine and service in the most far-flung corners of the world, including the Galapagos, northern Australia, Antarctic and Russia's White Sea. The line has a loyal following of international guests, attracted by an ambience that is sophisticated without being stuffy.
Silversea was, and is, a family-owned Italian company and is justifiably proud of its European roots. A partnership with the Italian Slow Food Movement means that there is always an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine. Membership of Relais & Chateaux is indicative of the level of cuisine that guests can expect; the Le Champagne tasting restaurant on the five larger ships is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment at sea. Food and wine-themed land programmes and cookery classes on board are also part of the culinary offering. A recent partnership with the Royal Geographical Society means that rare archive material has been made available to guests on the cruise line's three expedition ships.
Silversea is just as innovative ashore as it is on board, offering detailed and adventurous excursions in the ports it visits all over the world. These go beyond the ordinary; for example, a series of stunning overland adventures has been introduced for 2015, whisking you away mid-voyage to discover the joys of bush walking in Kenya's Tsavo National Park, or a train ride through the craggy Andes; in total, an exotic adventure rather than a mere cruise.